BDO appoints Gurpal Ahluwalia new M&A Partner in London

17 July 2018

BDO has appointed a new partner to its London office with immediate effect. The firm will hope surgical insight of former medical practitioner and ex-KPMG employee Gurpal Ahluwalia will help the firm advise its clients on M&A actions, amid a rapidly changing environment.

Geopolitical uncertainty and recent market stutters have done little to dent corporate optimism in earnings, credit availability, short-term market stability and equity valuations. Their optimism is reflected in continued divestment and acquisition interest, even while competition with private equity for targets heats up. Many have subsequently turned to acquisition strategies in pursuit of growth.

As corporates continue to weigh up the potential of merger and acquisition activity to avoid the effects of this process, the consulting firms who they will seek advice from are strengthening their M&A advisory offerings, to better cater to heightened demand. This trend was recently signified by Hampleton Partners’ appointment of Mike Woods, who will spearhead FinTech deals at the firm.

BDO appoints Gurpal Ahluwalia new M&A Partner in London

Now, BDO, the UK’s sixth largest professional services firm, has joined the clamour in the sector, by appointing a new partner to its M&A advisory team. Gurpal Ahluwalia has assumed the position in BDO’s London office with immediate effect. He will lead commercial due diligence for the firm in the healthcare and life sciences sectors and will also focus on growth strategy projects at the firm. 

Prior to his appointment at BDO, Ahluwalia spent almost four years in strategy at Big Four firm KPMG. Before that, he worked for MBB strategy consultancy Boston Consulting Group, spending three years in a similar position. Ahluwalia is also qualified as a doctor, and after graduating in 2002 he spent nine years specialising as a cardiothoracic surgeon within the NHS.

Commenting on his appointment, Ahluwalia said, “I have developed a strong consultancy skillset through exposure to a wide range of projects throughout my career. I am looking forward to working closely with the M&A team and bringing these skills to BDO.”

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO, said, “Gurpal is a welcome addition to our already strong M&A advisory team. His background in medicine will be invaluable when it comes to helping us grow our healthcare and life sciences offering.”

Recently, the accounting and advisory firm has also promoted 14 partners as part of its commitment to reward talent. According to Eagland, this demonstrates that the firm had a “great market position”, being “large enough to attract the very best specialists, yet small enough to be agile and responsive to help our clients succeed.”


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.